LADY AT THE BAT: Never Say Never

Monday, August 10, 2009

Never Say Never

The proclamations began last night, after the Yankees completed their four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox. When I heard them I cringed.

Here's what people were and are proclaiming: The Red Sox will never overcome the 6.5 game lead that the Yankees now hold over them. People are pretty confident about this. After all, Boston has never overcome a 5-game Yankee lead this late in the season.

Never say never.

Am I the only one who's thinking this? Does no one else remember the 2004 ALCS? Down 3 games to 0, the Red Sox were left for dead until they did what no team in sports history had ever done before. True, their team has different issues now (injuries, lack of pitching, etc.) than it did in 2004, but I'm still not ready to declare the Yankees the winners of the AL East.

There are still over 50 games left. A lot can happen in 50 games.



Bronx Baseball Daily said...

The difference between 2004 and 2009 is that the Red Sox had a good team back then. When you have to rely on Smoltz, Penny, and Buchholtz you've got problems.

Bernadette Pasley said...

Smoltz and Bucholtz were thought of as insurance earlier in the season. How the tables have turned.

I'm still not counting them out, though.

Libby said...

It is still way too early to call who's gonna take the division. Anything can happen.

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